New Delhi: Longest surface-to-surface firing weapon ‘Dhanush – 155’ also called as Desi Bofors is likely to be inducted in the Indian Army by next month. Dhanush will be the first indigenous developed gun to be the part of Indian armed force after 32 years of Swedish Bofors gun that was inducted in 1984.
The 155mm/45-calibre Dhanush gun was indigenously developed by Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur in coordination with Weapons Development and Execution Team (W-DET), New Delhi that is the main user of Bofors. Union Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, in a recently held programme, has stated that the Desi Bofors ‘Dhanush’ gun will be inducted from Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and handed over to the Indian Army by next month to strengthen its artillery. Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge, Master General of Ordnance already inspected the preparations for production of Dhanush in GCF last month, while Chairman of OFB, Kolkata, A Prabhakaran will be arriving to visit GCF, on April 20 to take stock of the preparations for starting production of Dhanush.
“Dhanush-155 gun already accomplished comprehensive firing tests and satisfied the competent authorities. We are optimistic about out the induction of the indigenous gun by Ministry of Defence in the Indian Army, but any official notification is yet to be received in this regard,” said Sanjeev Shrivastava, Spokesman and Joint General Manager, GCF, Jabalpur.
While talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Shrivastava informed that the GCF is all set to start production of Dhanush with the green signal from higher authorities.
The gun was developed at the end of 2012, thereafter, it passed several clearances and firing tests in different torrential and extreme climatic conditions in Pokhran and Balasore firing ranges. The maiden indigenously developed towed artillery gun has longest strike range of around 38-40 kilometres.